Fly along with Enschway as our VIBE.QUEST lands on the southern shores of Sydney, Australia. It’s no secret the continent is a hotbed of popularized experimental music. Producer Nic Schweighoffer (Enschway) has been releasing a number of tunes that carry a cheerful soothing vibe through a variety of crescendos, tempos, and melodic productions such as “Breathe”. Part lullaby part festival jam, these tend to leave you pondering expanse of influences a modern electronic producer can pull from to hit their emotional mark.
Adding to the tally are hundreds of thousands of plays racked up over remixes like that of fellow Aussie prospect Mickey Kojak. If these names don’t ring a bell, we encourage you to give Enschway’s fantastic guestmix a listen, as it features numerous Australian artists in an hour of tuneage. While he is also a university student, Enschway is already a regular performer at regional events, and beginning to get attention from blogs, labels and media outlets throughout the world. So press play and read on to hear about a cheeky bloke who’s bound to evoke.
Relaux: Greetings Nic! Fill us in on your musical background and start. We saw you had some electro-house bangers under the alter ego ‘Chonald’. Did the Enschway alias and stylings come more recently?
Enschway: I don’t have much of a musical background really, I started DJ-ing at small house parties and making mashups under the “Chonald” ego. Through making mashups I really got into Ableton and a few months later I left the Chonald alter ego behind and went in the new direction of my Enschway style. Through the past year and since the start of Enschway i’ve been self teaching my self musical theory and piano. I really loved the technical side of creating sounds and making songs but didn’t know much of the theory which is why I got into that.
Creating “emotional chill”, what is the source and/or intent you have for creating this type of artistic expression?
I was listening to a lot of and playing a lot 128bpm “bangers” and was kind of getting bored with the same thing. So I sought out a new genre/style. But really when I create my songs I just do it randomly and make what I feel at that point in time and some people may or may not perceive what I’m intending in the piece. With my music I just intend to make an interesting yet emotional and chilled experience, i’ve tried to make my latest tune feel like sipping on a cold bottle of Arizona in the Himalayan mountains.
Any crew or collective affiliations going with other artists?
I’m in a collective called The South East Grind, a mad talented bunch of guys from all around the world. We all love and eat grapefruits every day and enjoy great banter on our group chat, I love these guys especially Aviv. The second one is coming out soon and I’ve got a cool little track with live guitars.
I have a few solo originals coming in the next few months but also some collaborations with a few people around the place. Some local with really close mates and also over Skype with people from Finland and Israel.
Tell us a little about the music events being held in your area. Is your production style mirroring the music you listen to and hear locally?
There’s a really really really cool event that happens once a month called Sidechains, it’s a mad, classy venue with live art. There was a South East Grind night on the 13th of March. I got to play along side some of my South East grind homies from across Australia, was really really fun.
And yeah i’d say that I grab a lot of influence from local acts especially guys like GRMM, Just a Gent & Jawz just to name a few, they are some local guys that are really killing it at the moment.
You’ve made a name in Australia, even a mention from radio tastemakers Triple-J. Globally, where are you finding your listeners coming from?
Most of my listeners and followers are from Australia and the US (Both are quite close according to my sound cloud stats), I think a lot of the US followers come from getting promoted on EDM.com Soundcloud pages like ‘The XXX’ and ‘Future’.
What was your vision for this VIBE.QUEST?
I guess I just want to share to people what I enjoy listening to it includes a lot of my driving music that just chills me out (I work as a pizza delivery boi so I drive a bit). But also has some of my originals and maybe some unreleased things in it as well
What’s 2015 and beyond looking like for you?
I’ve got no idea “Sips on Arizona”. I guess I’ll just keep making music and learning. Might take some production and synth design classes and see where the year takes me.
Thanks to Enschway for the chat and the music. You’ll be sure to see more of his tracks appear on Relaux streams in coming months. As the likes of Flume fill North American airwaves on a daily basis, it will be exciting to see the expanded curiosity of international listeners from Relaux and beyond become acclimated to such emotionally chill aesthetics. Follow along with Enschway’s career:
VIBE.QUEST.11 Track Listings:
Datamatros – Diamond (Joppe Remix)
Yahtzel – Girls
Mura Masa – Miss You
Galimatis – Major Crimes & Unicorns
San Holo – Fly (Enschway Remix)
Mura Masa – Shibuya
Sable – Foolin’ (Basenji Remix)
Fossa Beats – Goals (Dugong Jr “Rock The Boat” Edit)
Pham – Controls ft. Lox Chatterbox
Disclosure – White Noise (Enschway & Renz Remix)
Yung Lean – Kyoto (Habstrakt Flip)
Alesso – Heroes (Branches Remix)
Yung Lean – Yoshi City
Sam Gellaitry – Powder
Just a Gent – Limelight (Louis Futon Remix)
What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)
Chahine – 1KLove4u
Chahine – Kirby
San Holo – Fly (Grmm Remix)
Paces – Nothing’s Forever (Ft. Kucka)
Kilter – They Say (Dugong Jr Remix)
Deon Custom – Ice Cream
Disclosure – You & Me (Flume Remix)
Rytmeklubben – Seen (Sable Remix)
Luude – Izzo
Lumberjack – Body Cry feat. Father Dude